Conservation status
Doing OK

Kōtare are fearless and aggressive when it comes to food and family. They don't slow down when it comes to the breeding season, using their dagger-like beaks to tunnel into soft tree trunks or clay banks to build nests. Mum takes a short rest when nurturing their young, with dad in charge of providing food and sometimes even attacking other birds and mammals.

Campaign Manager

William Brice

kōtare are the most beautiful bird to watch. Whether it’s perched on a power line, or swooping for that crab, you can’t go wrong. #kōtareBOTC


Photo: Craig McKenzie